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What is Storm Alert?

 

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Storm Alert is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

 

How do I know if my computer is affected by Storm Alert?

 

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

 

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and these warnings during install:

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How did Storm Alert get on my computer?

 

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

 

How do I remove Storm Alert?

 

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Storm Alert?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Storm Alert completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

 

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.  

 

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Storm Alert adware.  It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

 

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Technical details for experts

 

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:

O23 - Service: StormAlert - Rational Thought Solutions LLC - C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlertService.exe
 

 

Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\StormAlert       Adds the file app.dat"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 767974 bytes, A       Adds the file data.dat"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 2048 bytes, A       Adds the file info.dat"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 64 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlert.dll"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 1241464 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlert.exe"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 48504 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlert.exe.config"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 190 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlert.ico"="10/23/2014 6:52 PM, 118501 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlertService.exe"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 2726776 bytes, A       Adds the file StormAlertService.exe.config"="10/31/2014 8:25 AM, 189 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="10/24/2014 1:01 AM, 537464 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\StormAlertRegistry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}]       "ad"="REG_SZ", "trackstormalert.com"       "id"="REG_SZ", "1450cc417c1d48d1ac2b84e80b31526b"       "ip"="REG_SZ", "369"       "ns"="REG_SZ", "STRM"       "p"="REG_SZ", "369"       "v"="REG_SZ", "2.7.46"       "vp"="REG_SZ", "2.7.46369"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1486e786-f6a5-e375-9b7c-27a57538205e}]       "id"="REG_SZ", "1450cc417c1d48d1ac2b84e80b31526b"       "p"="REG_SZ", "369"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{78a1818a-486f-e47a-aba2-a896fc4269bf}]       "ik"="REG_SZ", "{ed44824e-d16e-3463-69c1-70458ec0ade4}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9C4EFBD5-1ADF-41E6-BE26-AF44326E30E4}]       "(Default)"="REG_DWORD", 1       "v"="REG_DWORD", 1       "vs"="REG_SZ", "1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E5A7A645-8318-4895-B85C-EDC606B80DB6}]       "id"="REG_SZ", "1450cc417c1d48d1ac2b84e80b31526b"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\StormAlertService_RASAPI32]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\StormAlertService_RASMANCS]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\StormAlert]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlert.ico"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Storm Alert"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.7.46"       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 4053       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.trackstormalert.com/about.html"       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20141031"       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Rational Thought Solutions LLC"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\uninstall.exe /kb=y /ic=0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\StormAlert]       "DependOnService"="REG_MULTI_SZ, "Winmgmt CryptSvc "       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "StormAlert"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, <.....................       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlertService.exe""       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\DynConIE]       "id"="REG_SZ", "1450cc417c1d48d1ac2b84e80b31526b"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{9C4EFBD5-1ADF-41E6-BE26-AF44326E30E4}]       "(Default)"="REG_DWORD", 1       "v"="REG_DWORD", 1       "vs"="REG_SZ", "1"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 10/31/2014Scan Time: 8:37:06 AMLogfile: mbamStornAlert.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.00.3.1025Malware Database: v2014.10.31.03Rootkit Database: v2014.10.22.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 272910Time Elapsed: 3 min, 18 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlertService.exe, 7116, Delete-on-Reboot, [fa45e8334a32e84ec86b9a401ae79c64]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 5PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\StormAlert, Quarantined, [fa45e8334a32e84ec86b9a401ae79c64], PUP.Optional.WebSteroids.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [cb745fbc6913b5816d28ac03ef134eb2], PUP.Optional.DynConIE.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E5A7A645-8318-4895-B85C-EDC606B80DB6}, Quarantined, [f44b09122d4f77bf4024fbb4c63c10f0], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\StormAlert, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.MultiIE.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\DynConIE, Quarantined, [68d7e8332953cf672b2a0d86808429d7], Registry Values: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 1PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert, Delete-on-Reboot, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], Files: 12PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlertService.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [fa45e8334a32e84ec86b9a401ae79c64], PUP.Optional.HealthAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlert.dll, Quarantined, [93ac081384f8fc3a83522602da2bc937], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlert.exe, Quarantined, [ec531506c4b8a294969d1bbf0df4fa06], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\999a0fd129c5da8d0b162e6c147aa8ead48edcdb872721b6bdf0841ef4698d27.exe, Quarantined, [e35c48d3c7b5f640369e66c28a7bd030], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\nsu611D.tmp\Helper.dll, Quarantined, [98a77f9c48340e28ad27d355fe0741bf], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\app.dat, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\data.dat, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\info.dat, Delete-on-Reboot, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlert.exe.config, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlert.ico, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\StormAlertService.exe.config, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], PUP.Optional.StormAlert.A, C:\ProgramData\StormAlert\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [c17e78a3c6b644f20ebb53d1669db44c], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

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